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Revellers will have access to emergency care in Cambridge city centre later this month.
A temporary medical facility, situated near St Andrews Church, will treat walk in patients on Friday, December 21 and New Year’s Eve (Monday December 31).
Staffed from 9pm to 3am, the medical staff will assess the condition of people visiting the facility and take the appropriate course of action. The aim of the facility, now in its third year, is to reduce the pressure on accident and emergency departments at what is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services. Hot drinks and water will be provided at the facility.
Funded by the Cambridge City Community Safety Partnership, the facility will be staffed by police, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, St John Ambulance and a Territorial Army medical team from 254 General Support Medical Regiment. Security will be provided by the police.
What they say
Chief Insp Vicky Skeels said: "The facility will offer medical care, advice and assistance. As we enter the party season people sometimes get carried away and drink more than they realise. It is those people that the facility is aimed at; those that are taken ill, maybe have a bad fall, or simply require advice. We hope that if people use this facility it will help relieve the pressure on the accident and emergency departments at this time of year.
"This has taken a tremendous amount of planning and good will from a range of partnership agencies, all working towards improving public safety in Cambridge. We hope that the majority of people drink sensibly and that by working with us they can help reduce the pressure on casualty department and everyone can have an enjoyable evening."